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Bob's Donuts

Bob's Donuts

Donut Shop$$$$
Polk Gulch, San Francisco
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    The experts at Eater and SFGate recommend this place
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    Pacific Union
    "The apple fritter is amazing, but they're all delicious when warm!"(52 Tips)
    "Best are apple fritter, crumb donut, and glazed raised donut."(8 Tips)
    Abbey K.
    "Get the glazed donut and/or the maple (cake) donut."(17 Tips)
    Rachel E.
    "Love the maple donuts."(6 Tips)
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  • donuts
  • apple fritters
  • cake
  • good for a quick meal
  • coffee
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  • SFGate
    SFGateJune 5, 2015
    "Bob’s...was the first SF doughnut shop I visited and it’s still a classic. And I go classic on the ordering front, too — a cake donut instead of raised because I like ’em dense." -Amanda Gold Read more
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    MeliDecember 19, 2016
    Omg, this place is to die for. Not your average donut shop. Donuts are freshly made, soft, crispy and tasty. The cider-looking donut and chocolate covered ones are amazing! Get a cup of milk too!
    Upvoted Sep 10
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerAugust 1, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pandowdy, an apple pie cake type thing with donuts and crunchy apples is rich and filling, though your $3 is better spent on a fresh fritter. If you do the get Pandowdy, microwave it for 40 secs.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Bob's provides 24-hour service to the denizens of Polk. All their donuts are great, but the apple fritter, perfectly crisp-soft and laced with plenty of cinnamon and tender apples, is a standout. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 9, 2017
    These no-frills, all-flavor doughnuts are made fresh every day and attract pastry enthusiasts who are looking for a no-nonsense fried dough experience. Read more
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    Andres NovoaDecember 12, 2015
    Amazing donuts! The buttermilk have a perfect crunch on the outside and are fluffy goodness on the inside. For the freshest donuts go late night (~1am) or early afternoon (~2pm).
  • Keyue B.heart icon on user image
    Keyue BaoNovember 27, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Most amazing donuts ever! Every flavor is good but ask for the freshest donut because those are the BEST
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck RoslofMay 6, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    No-frills 24-hour donut shop serving basically perfect versions of classic donut and pastry styles (old fashioned, cake, raised, apple fritter, danish, etc.).
  • John H.
    John HronowskiAugust 10, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    The ham and cheese croissants and cinnamon twists are delicious. They always have customers coming in to buy their delicious treats. And they are open 24 hours except on certain major holidays.
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LeeJuly 10, 2018
    A few of my favorites include the old fashion and cinnamon donut. Get there early in the morning or late at night for the freshest batches - it's open 24/7!
  • Danielle L.heart icon on user image
    Danielle L.August 1, 2016
    We tried five of them and the maple won, hands down. The apple fritter came in a close second, though. These were some of the best donuts we've ever had!
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    Christy SmithNovember 21, 2019
    Glazed, Crumb, and Apple Cider were all amazing — and a highly affordable dozen considering how delicious they were
  • Olivia Z.heart icon on user image
    Olivia ZratkoMay 18, 2018
    Loved!! The raised maple was the fluffiest donut I’ve ever had. The apple fritter didn’t disappoint, either. If you’re in the area, this is a must try!!!
  • Martha H.heart icon on user image
    Martha HughesOctober 21, 2016
    Best donuts in town! Love Bob's! Make sure you go early because the best will be gone before 11am. This is an old fashioned donut shop, don't look for fancy, look for delicious!
  • Judith S.heart icon on user image
    Judith StrAugust 24, 2015
    If I could rent a chair here, I would. This is basically my second home late at night. Open 24/7, the chocolate donuts are DE-LI-CIOUSSSS and the guy behind the counter is so friendly!
  • NeMeSiS
    NeMeSiSApril 18, 2015
    Read and found it has 1 of the best donuts. I must say I'm not disappointed at all. The Crump Donuts are crispy and nice! Highly recommend.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WinstonJanuary 27, 2015
    There's nothing quite like a fresh out of the fryer donut or apple fritter at Bob's after bar hopping on Polk. They are ridiculously good & extremely cheap. Read all about it on WinstonWanders below! Read more
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    KarenJanuary 16
    If you can eat one of their ginormous donuts in under 3 minutes, they’ll let you have it for free and put your photo up on their wall of shame.
  • Hanan M.heart icon on user image
    Hanan MalSeptember 9, 2019
    Definitely worth a 5am trip! The dough is perfect. Their maple glaze is amazing. I wasn’t a fan of the traditional donut, the fritter is worth a try!
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    PeterJune 3, 2015
    Love this place! A donut for $1 incl tax - and they are delicious. even got a warm one made minutes ago. And they sell milk too ;-)
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    Bennett W WongNovember 18, 2021
    Love the convenience having a donut shop nearby. When in need of a quick bite on the run? Bob’s Donuts got you covered. Friendly staff and good service. Dine-in unavailable.
  • Irene M.heart icon on user image
    Irene MAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Eating a hot, freshly glazed donut from this place is like being kissed gently by a warm, sugary angel from Heaven.
  • Pranay S.heart icon on user image
    Pranay SethiMay 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Sometimes they make a powdered sugar raised donut, which is not to be missed. Also, donut holes (made from the same raised dough) are great for portion control.
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RNovember 14, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot Apple fritters are 💯 I only recommend getting hot donuts here. Donuts that have been sitting out a while aren’t as good.
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    Sravanti TekumallaFebruary 18, 2018
    I’ve been to bougie donut places but they really don’t compare to this. No frills but melt-in-your-mouth donuts that I now crave all the time 😅
  • Sarah D.heart icon on user image
    Sarah DeBerryOctober 17, 2015
    Fresh donuts late at night… people lined up outside at 2 AM like it's a nightclub! They have giant raised donuts as big as your head also!
  • Geoff R.heart icon on user image
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    SF Legend. Ask for whatever is the freshest and warmest. Great any hour of the day or night!
  • Rick T.
    Rick TMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone raves about apple fritters, but anything right out of the oil is great (especially French curlers). People come for donuts, but the pastries are great when it comes out fresh (around 11pm).
  • SFGate
    SFGateMarch 25, 2015
    "There are lots of fancier places, but if you can get the glazed doughnuts still warm they have little equal." -Michael Bauer Read more
  • Luke
    LukeApril 13, 2019
    Incredible donuts. Great range. I had the original glazed and it was perfect. Reasonably priced too, I got 4 for $5.75
    MetroSeeker.comOctober 3, 2011
    Bob's is one of our favourite places in San Francisco! Their donuts are delicious, and their coffee is good, and cheap! This is one of the best places to fill a late night craving.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DorshorstAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best old fashioned diner-style donuts in the city. Period. The raised buttermilk are particular standouts, but the apple fritter is also rightfully popular.
  • Cheyenne R.heart icon on user image
    Cheyenne RayOctober 19, 2017
    Smells like heaven. Just get your favorite kind it will be good. Don't neglect the apple fritter
  • Shagun A.heart icon on user image
    Shagun AulakhNovember 13, 2014
    These are some goodass donuts! They make them fresh, and when its hot, the donut just melts in your mouth. Get the apple fritters
  • Lani M.heart icon on user image
    Lani MSeptember 7, 2021
    Get the apple fritter and the buttermilk bar w a side of maple old fashioned and a crumb donut
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionJanuary 22, 2013
    If you go at night, ask for whatever is hot. The apple fritter is amazing, but they're all delicious when warm!
  • Fiona S.heart icon on user image
    Fiona StripeMarch 13, 2016
    The filled doughnut was very good. Ask what the freshest doughnut is when you visit and I'm sure it'll be amazing.
  • Abbey K.
    Abbey KeckDecember 11, 2022
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the glazed donut and/or the maple (cake) donut.
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    SarahMay 20, 2015
    Get an apple fritter and a plain glazed at 1 AM. Don't hold up the line. Enjoy.
  • Luís Guilhermeheart icon on user image
    Luís GuilhermeMarch 9, 2018
    Donuts are delicious and always fresh. Worth the wait.
  • ᴡ M.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ MillerApril 11, 2016
    Best crumb donuts!
  • Rachel E.heart icon on user image
    Rachel EisenMay 14, 2015
    Love the maple donuts. Great late night snack. Their giant donuts are also legitimately good - not just a novelty.
  • Roger M.heart icon on user image
    Roger MaMay 31, 2015
    Grab a whole dozen and grub away! Don't forget the milk!
  • Monica Z.heart icon on user image
    Monica ZarateSeptember 8, 2015
    Wow! So many amazing donut flavors!! Every one we tried was incredible! Lived up to the hype for sure!
  • Zahid Z.heart icon on user image
    Zahid ZamanOctober 21, 2012
    There's always donuts so fresh the buttery goodness inside is still gooey and chocolate icing on top is still runny. Best donut I've ever had!
  • Mitchell B.heart icon on user image
    Mitchell ButlerFebruary 29, 2020
    The chocolate and maple donuts were great. Get whatever is fresh.
  • Caroline
    CarolineMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sooooooo good. Definitely get a warm glazed donut at 2am. Don't hold up the line by asking about every single flavor. No chat and cuts either, please.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MockNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic donuts for good prices. Go around when the bars close for fresh donuts! Would probably get loads more business if they took debit/credit rather than cash only.
  • Annie 🌺 J.heart icon on user image
    Annie 🌺 JalotaJune 16, 2017
    Always a fun place to stop by late in the evening for a dessert after dinner or drinks 😎
  • Annie M.heart icon on user image
    Annie MattJanuary 8, 2017
    good for late night. Look for the donuts the are still warm and don't forget to get milk to pair with!
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